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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha America, Inc (15 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568365217
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568365213
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.5 x 13.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"... ideas of great depth within its apparent simplicity.... Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults." --Jeffrey Cooper, KLIATT

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[from the book]

Foreword: Toward Enjoyment

Though the word "enjoying" is the third word in the title of this book, for me enjoying anything and everything is the primary function of our lives. True, the function of this book is to teach you how to write haiku, but I want you to first learn to touch a point of pleasure within yourself with haiku.

To do this, you will need to open the arms of your mind to take in some haiku already snapped up out of the air and written down.

Because the haiku in the following selection are all connected to one subject, with a wide variety of techniques and levels of complication, you can explore them with a gentle touch of your eyes as if looking over a branch to choose which flowers you might pick. You do not have to like or understand all of them, but just take up each one and examine it carefully.

Read them not only to see what has been thought, and to delight in this sharing, but allow the words to move across any similar memory or past idea you may have had. In this way the haiku pick up your patterns as iron filings arrange themselves on a magnet to be changed in a once-in-a-lifetime relationship.

Even as you do this, it is possible the writer in you will begin itching to change a word here and there. Something small and loud and very close to you will want to put the words in a different way than I have, or even to write a line on a totally dissimilar subject. Listen to these urges and begin here, beside my words, to write your own versions of the poems in the wide spaces on the page (assuming you have not borrowed this book from the local library).

Toss out the memory of the teacher who told you never to mark in your books and tell your inner critic, who might be insisting you know nothing about haiku, just to back off and be quiet. Think only that you have decided to enjoy seeing where these haiku lead you, and to explore what they find within you.

I want this book to be your book -- with sentences underlined, comments written in the margins, your poems on the flyleaves, and your first thoughts beside these haiku in the introduction.

Go slowly. Take each haiku separately; read and reread until you have completely thought through it, around it, and beyond it. Write down whatever thoughts come to your mind before moving on to the next haiku, even if you need to get a separate pad of paper. Tape the pages of your words among my words. Do the altered book art-thing. Make these pages a symbiotic work between the two of us.

Let go of any preconceived ideas and simply do whatever brings you the most enjoyment. This is your life, the book you are writing.

silence
between words
stories

desert
stretched to the horizon
silence

silence
when naked and alone
a tunnel

pond lilies
floating in their centers
silence

silence
in a rain shower
seven colors

winter leaves
buds of tightly rolled
silence

silence
around a waiting bird
the nest

silence
after the hailstorm
colder

silver-tipped firs
snow deepening
silence

silence
between crashing waves
the briefness of foam

riptide
in the sea the pull of
silence

silence
drawing together lovers
a silver cord

a blossom's dance
the urges deep within
silence

Later, when you have read the rest of this book, do come back here to see yourself as you were in the beginning. I think you'll be surprised how much you already knew, and also how much richer your writing life has become, due to this hands-on guide.

Blessed be,
Jane Reichhold --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I cannot imagine a better book for a lover of Haiku - or for a person wishing to know more about this exquisite Japanese art form. Jane Reichhold is clearly in full command of the many aspects of Haiku (as her credentials indicate). She clears up misunderstandings regarding its rules and forms and inspires the reader to try their hand at writing - even, I suspect, if they had not intended to do so!
Her book is truly a Hands on guide! I cannot recommend it highly enough!

Robert Rayce, Denmark
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An intelligent approach to an easily abused topic. A well planned book that approaches Haiku from a number of angles so the lay reader can see where Haiku fits and where it goes wrong in the wrong hands. Haiku is an open invitation for indifferent writers to plop down a 3 line poem which is nothing more than a single statement broken into 3 lines, like minimalist free verse. After reading this such writers will at least know that structure and finding the EXACTLY suitable word is paramount. And discover the history of Haiku in all its courtly richness.
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This book, written simply - with modesty and humour - has incisive insights into understanding and learning to write Haiku. Inspirational and highly recommended for the beginner and those trying to improve their Haiku.
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I have read quite a number of books on the subject, but "Writing and Enjoying Haiku" sets everything down in a very clear and interesting way.
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This book is very easy to follow but its most important feature is how the author clarifies a number of issues which can confuse the apprentice. Without being dogmatic she manages to present convincing cases for her opinions, while leaving other issues open to personal choice when appropriate.
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